Ed Norris: 121,788

(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)


That’s how many fans showed up at the ballpark for this weekend’s series.

That put the Orioles at 7th in MLB attendance for the first week and even that’s skewed because the Dodgers at number one have had six home games already.

Averaging 40,596 fans is I think the best barometer to gauge expectations this year. This season has a completely different feel than any in recent memory.

It is certainly not the “let’s enjoy the Os until they’re out of it in June” of seasons in recent years.

Nope, I think the large crowds are a clear indication of the much higher expectations placed upon this team by the fan base. Folks are excited about last year’s playoff run and want more of the same and then some.

Even professionals like Buster Olney have picked the Orioles to come out atop the AL East. So why shouldn’t we?

The division looks up for grabs and Baltimore is in a position to be a very strong contender for the division title. This weekend’s crowds are an indication of just that.

Keep coming and I will see you at the Yard.

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